Thursday, April 19th 2012

NVIDIA to Launch GeForce GTX 690 Before May 5

It turns out that the cryptic picture posted on NVIDIA GeForce Facebook page indeed is a teaser for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690, a dual-GPU graphics card based on two GK104 GPUs. Several independent sources told SweClockers that NVIDIA is preparing to launch this SKU "in the week beginning April 30," i.e., no later than May 5. It is quite possible that NVIDIA launches it on the 30th, to share the limelight with Intel's new 3rd Generation Core "Ivy Bridge" processors, which will be released to market on the 29th. The card will feature a total of 3072 CUDA cores, and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. We haven't heard much about its competitor, the Radeon HD 7990.

Source: SweClockers
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72 Comments on NVIDIA to Launch GeForce GTX 690 Before May 5

#1
3870x2
Shit just got real.

I wonder about the price.
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#2
Oberon
Someone should inform NVIDIA that half of "no availability" is still "no availability", which is just what you'll get by slapping two largely unavailable chips on one board.
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: 3870x2
Shit just got real.

I wonder about the price.
$999. No sauce.
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#4
radrok
Nv apparently launching its dual GPU part before AMD? Wow I clearly didn't expect this.
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#5
phanbuey
How exactly are they going to launch the dual GPU 680 when they can't even keep the single GPU stocked?

I smell a paper launch.
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#6
THE_EGG
hmm i wonder what kind of cooling solution they will use whether it will be a blower fan or normal fan?
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#7
Shihabyooo
by: radrok
Nv apparently launching its dual GPU part before AMD? Wow I clearly didn't expect this.
Getting cocky because of the GK107, probably.
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#8
hhumas
i was waiting for it
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#9
3870x2
2nd mortgage for a card that will be a doorstop in the next 3 years?
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#10
mtosev
I approve. Let's just hope that the price will be 650EUR or less
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#11
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I wonder if W1zz has one yet.
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#12
mtosev
nvidia won't send him a gtx 690 as he already burned a gtx 590:roll:
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#13
Mistral
In about two weeks, eh? :ohwell:

And when can we expect them actually available? Some stock of 680s might be nice too, for those who want one...
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#14
Steevo
If they can't keep 680's in stock can we say this is a paper launch?


Or are they binning 680 chips and the ones that don't meet that spec will be used for this card?
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#15
Chaitanya
So nVidia is going the other way round on what they said they would do(launch lower end Keplers first and then slowly go to top end of the spectrum). Anyways its a great news as this is going to put a whole lot of pressure on guys at AMD to try to make their 7990 outperform GTX690. Already GTX 680 is faster and more power efficient than the 7970. :rockout:
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#17
illli
seems kind of odd considering they hardly have any stock of 680s, and when there is they get sold out in less than 5 minutes.
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#18
blibba
by: radrok
Nv apparently launching its dual GPU part before AMD? Wow I clearly didn't expect this.
Clearly.

by: Steevo
If they can't keep 680's in stock can we say this is a paper launch?
Availability might not be an issue.

Firstly, GTX680 availability isn't much of an issue in much of the world. I just checked my favourite site in the UK, and it has about 50 in stock (although some more desirable brands are admittedly sold out). It seems that some of the issue is simply mis-distribution.

Secondly, they may well be stockpiling GK104s for this part. This would explain some of the lack of availability, too.

Thirdly, this product will be very expensive. They're not going to sell loads, at least at first. Even with two GK104s on board, it's not going to be a major hit to GK104 demand.

Fourthly, perhaps Nvidia reckon that production's going to ramp up pretty soon.

On the other hand, maybe this is just an "inb4" launch to snub the 7990 from ever holding the "world's fastest" crown. My point is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions, even when they seem pretty likely to be true.

by: Steevo
Or are they binning 680 chips and the ones that don't meet that spec will be used for this card?
I'd expect this card to get the best available chips because of the strict thermal requirements. Higher binned chips don't just clock higher, they do it on less power.
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Crap Daddy
by: blibba
Firstly, GTX680 availability isn't much of an issue in much of the world. I just checked my favourite site in the UK, and it has about 50 in stock (although some more desirable brands are admittedly sold out). It seems that some of the issue is simply mis-distribution.
Or higher demand in the US. Anyway I think they launch first because they are pretty sure
that AMD can't come up with a better dual card based on what they have right now than a dual fully functional GK104 part. On the other hand, where the hell is the GTX670 Ti or non Ti. They need at least two cards around 300$ since there's nothing there to compete with the 7950 and the 7870.
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#20
blibba
by: Crap Daddy
Or higher demand in the US.
Well if they failed to account for higher demand per head in the U.S. than Europe, that counts as mis-distribution in my books. Unless you mean higher than expected demand.

by: Crap Daddy
Anyway I think they launch first because they are pretty sure
that AMD can't come up with a better dual card based on what they have right now than a dual fully functional GK104 part. On the other hand, where the hell is the GTX670 Ti or non Ti. They need at least two cards around 300$ since there's nothing there to compete with the 7950 and the 7870.
Given that GTX580 production only just finished, part of me thinks that the lack of lower end GeForce parts is no accident. They want to clear 40nm inventories first.
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#21
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
how are they going to do that, if they can't even keep GTX680s on the shelf? Seeing how the GTX690 will use the same GK104 chips.
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#22
Benetanegia
by: Crap Daddy
On the other hand, where the hell is the GTX670 Ti or non Ti.
IMO they are not releasing the GTX670 yet because they are selling GTX680 like hotcakes and yields are much better than what "people" have said. If yields were any bad, they would have shitloads of GTX670 Ti laying around and considering that demand is high they would have taken every opportunity to sell them at a good price (for them) before AMD reacted with a price cut. A $450 GTX670 Ti would have sold really really well too.
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#23
blibba
by: nvidiaintelftw
how are they going to do that, if they can't even keep GTX680s on the shelf? Seeing how the GTX690 will use the same GK104 chips.
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by: blibba

Availability might not be an issue.

Firstly, GTX680 availability isn't much of an issue in much of the world. I just checked my favourite site in the UK, and it has about 50 in stock (although some more desirable brands are admittedly sold out). It seems that some of the issue is simply mis-distribution.

Secondly, they may well be stockpiling GK104s for this part. This would explain some of the lack of availability, too.

Thirdly, this product will be very expensive. They're not going to sell loads, at least at first. Even with two GK104s on board, it's not going to be a major hit to GK104 demand.

Fourthly, perhaps Nvidia reckon that production's going to ramp up pretty soon.

On the other hand, maybe this is just an "inb4" launch to snub the 7990 from ever holding the "world's fastest" crown. My point is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions, even when they seem pretty likely to be true.
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#24
N3M3515
by: nvidiaintelftw
how are they going to do that, if they can't even keep GTX680s on the shelf? Seeing how the GTX690 will use the same GK104 chips.
My exact thoughts.

by: blibba
Availability might not be an issue.

Firstly, GTX680 availability isn't much of an issue in much of the world. I just checked my favourite site in the UK, and it has about 50 in stock (although some more desirable brands are admittedly sold out). It seems that some of the issue is simply mis-distribution.

Secondly, they may well be stockpiling GK104s for this part. This would explain some of the lack of availability, too.

Thirdly, this product will be very expensive. They're not going to sell loads, at least at first. Even with two GK104s on board, it's not going to be a major hit to GK104 demand.

Fourthly, perhaps Nvidia reckon that production's going to ramp up pretty soon.

On the other hand, maybe this is just an "inb4" launch to snub the 7990 from ever holding the "world's fastest" crown. My point is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions, even when they seem pretty likely to be true.
I'm thinking paper launch.
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#25
NHKS
if one orients the nV logo right side up, then its like this...
not sure it the teaser shows the front end of the card or somewhere in the middle...



also, screws seem exposed.. maybe part of the shroud is removed intentionally?
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